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Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament

July, 2023

Lake Michigan fishing yields some great salmon, and now’s your chance to grab some big money along with those fish! The Ludington Offshore Classic sponsored by Captain Chuck’s takes place each July. This tournament is open to any boat 18′ or longer equipped with a marine radio. Registrations must be completed online. Shotgun starts are at 6am and by 2pm, all boats must be inside the pier heads (except for Youth Tournament, where boats must be in by noon). Weigh-ins occur in a drive-through fashion in the parking lot at 3pm at Waterfront Park. There will be no food, drink, or merchandise available on site.

Over 100 boats entered last year’s tournament. The 2021 winner in the pro division was the crew of Blue Fairways and they claimed the $10,000 top prize. The winner of the Big Boys competition was the team from Elsie K. They took home $23,800 for first place.

Here’s a Typical Schedule for the Event:

Monday
Big Boys Captains Meeting

Tuesday
LUDINGTON OFFSHORE CLASSIC BIG BOYS

Wednesday
LUDINGTON OFFSHORE CLASSIC BIG BOYS

Thursday
MINIMAL RULES SHOOT-OUT

Friday

  • YOUTH CLASSIC
  • LADIES PRO/AM

Saturday, July 16th
LUDINGTON OFFSHORE CLASSIC PRO/AM

Sunday
LUDINGTON OFFSHORE CLASSIC PRO/AM

Some have called the Ludington tournament one of most organized and best run tournaments in four states, and it is the largest freshwater salmon tournament in the United States.

Payouts are based upon number of entries. Anticipated winnings for the top three places are:

Tuesday & Wednesday
Ludington Offshore Classic Big Boys

Thursday
Ruboy Thursday Shoot-Out

  • $3,000 1st Place
  • $1,500 2nd Place
  • $700 3rd Place
  • $500 Big Fish Prize

Friday
Dreamweaver Lures Youth Classic (17 years and younger)

  • $3,000 1st Place
  • $2,000 2nd Place
  • $1,000 3rd Place

Bud Light Ladies Pro/Am

  • $1,000 1st place each division
  • $500 1st place each division, Big Fish

Saturday & Sunday
Off-Shore Classic Pro/Am

  • $10,000 1st Place Pro (based on 30 boats). 100% payout guaranteed.

Captain Chuck’s Big Fish Tournament

  • $2,000 1st Place
  • $1,500 2nd Place
  • $1,000 3rd Place

For more information on the Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament, please contact the event organizer:

Ludington/Scottville Chamber of Commerce

5300 W. US-10, Ludington, MI  49431

(231) 845-0324

offshoreclassic.com

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